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liily wash away any doubts with their raw live show

I’ve been fascinated with Los Angeles natives LIILY and their raw, unbridled blend of rock and roll ever since I first heard their inaugural single “Toro” a little over a year ago, but until just recently, I wasn’t completely sure how that sort of rawness would translate in person. Last month I ...

VINNIE CARUANA-AGING FRONTMAN

Way back in 2013 I wrote my first review for Tuned Up, then it was called I Am Tuned Up. It was only meant to be a onetime thing or an every once in a while thing. I never intended or thought I would become a regular or even a senior writer, but 6 years later here I am still doing the thing. Why would ...

The Devil Wears Prada – The Act

I love to start my Saturday mornings with some emotional metalcore, don't you? In all honesty, as I sit in this Panera on a late Saturday morning, eating the remnants of my cinnamon roll, jamming The Act feels really out of place. And yet, this was what I was in the mood for. *sips coffee* Brains ...

White Collar Sideshow – I Didn’t Come Here To Die

White Collar Sideshow is so unique I can't spend a review name dropping comparisons. This is a great problem to have. What I can say, however, is that you will have a blast listening to this record. White Collar Sideshow is certainly not for everyone, but I would feel most comfortable using this ...

FIVE ALBUMS WITH COBRA: DEREK CHRISTOPHER OF WANDERING STARS

Photo Credit: Dan Mitchell When my family and friends ask me why I stay in Columbus, I always say the same thing: community. But not just any community, the music community here in Columbus is one of the best I have had the privilege to be part of. I have met people that will no doubt be a part of ...

Liam Gallagher – Why Me? Why Not.

I'm going into this review more or less blind. Besides the obvious Oasis backstory and hearing a radio single, I don't know what to expect. The album is off to a promising start with "Shockwave" which sounds like a someone took a guitar-driven dad rock jam and drenched it in a bunch of reverb and ...

The Timbre of Cedar – Sunny Side State of Mind

As soon as I saw the album art for this EP, I had the feeling that this would be a good soundtrack for fall. As I sit here at 9:33PM in Columbus, Ohio having just sipped a hot chai-der outside in 80 degree weather (Columbus City Schools are closed because of the heat tomorrow), I feel thankful for this ...